St. Simons Island Lighthouse

The 2014 “A Little Light Music” Concert Series schedule has been announced. This St. Simons Island event is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Held on the oceanfront lawn of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, bands perform inside the gazebo while concert-goers enjoy ocean breezes. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and cocktails to enjoy on select Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Individual tickets are $12 per person at the gate and children under age 12 are admitted free. Concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Bring friends and family to this favorite Island event!

May 11 – The Tams

Beach music with hits like “Be Young, Be Foolish and Be Happy”

June 8 – Island Garage Band

Southern-fried rock and boogie

July 6 – Mason Waters and the Groove Allstars

All of your favorite danceable hits

July 20 – Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots

Powerhouse blues, Memphis soul and rockin’ piano

August 31 – Sensational Sounds of Motown

Close out the season with Detroit’s biggest hits


For more information, visit the Coastal Georgia Historical Society website


Adjacent to the St. Simons village and pier area, the Glynn Art Association at 529 Beachview Drive will host the Third Annual Mistletoe Market this weekend (November 22-24, 2014).

Nearly 40 local craft vendors will be selling festive wares at the holiday market—from ornaments to home decorations. Many of the items will have a St. Simons Island beach theme and coastal feel, making for great, unique gifts. Vendors will be set up inside the building and outside. Inside, Christmas trees will be decorated with vendor crafts and holiday treasures. Outside, the parking area will feature booths with original art.

Friday night, there is a preview party at the Glynn Art Association from 6-8:30pm. Admission is $25.

The Mistletoe Market will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday and admission is free.

For additional information, or tickets to the preview party, visit the Glynn Art Associaton website.


The Smithsonian Institution and the Georgia Humanities Council have selected Darien, GA as one of 12 host sites for the New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music exhibit from July 21 to September 1, 2012. The Smithsonian describes the exhibit:

With New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music we listen to America’s music and hear the story of freedom. It’s the story of people in a New World, places they have left behind, and ideas they have brought with them. It is the story of people who were already here, but whose world is remade. The distinct cultural identities of all of these people are carried in song. Their music tracks the unique history of many peoples reshaping each other into one incredibly diverse and complex people—Americans.

Opening Day Ceremonies will launch the exhibit on July 21 in Downtown Darien. (From Brunswick and St. Simons Island, drive north on Highway 17. When you see the Friendly Express station, find a parking place).

10am: Opening Remarks

11am: McIntosh County Shouters.

The internationally renowned McIntosh County Shouters will perform the ring shout and tell stories.  This group is credited with preserving the ring shout in North America and are 1993 NEA National Heritage Fellows, 2008 NEA Master Artists, 2010 Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities recipients, and more. The McIntosh County Shouters have performed around the country for heads of state and for audiences of all ages.  They have performed in the Library of Congress and the John F. Kennedy Center.

12pm: Ashley Henry and Jordan Edwards, folk music

1pm: Special presentation to Frankie Quimby & Sea Island Singers

Honoring Frankie Quimby for continued support in preserving the Gullah Geechee heritage over the years as head of the Sea Island Singers. Afterward, the Sea Island Singers perform. The Sea Island Singers have performed for heads of state and all around the country.

Exhibit: Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit

Set up in the former Darien Hotel, this colorful exhibit will have information about roots music styles that will intrigue and interest:  zydeco, sacred song, blues, country, and bluegrass.

Within the exhibit, a room is dedicated to local roots music. Darien was chosen to host this traveling exhibit because of the strong African American ties to roots musical heritage.  Included in the exhibit are copies of handwritten notes that Lorenzo Dow Turner took during his trip to coastal Georgia while doing his groundbreaking research on the Gullah Geechee. Recordings from his trip will be available for guests to hear. There will be photographs of the original Sea Island Singers, McIntosh County Shouters, Friendly Stars, Gospel Messengers and more.

An impressive list of events will continue on over the six-week period, including: Speaker Series, Film Series, Musical Performances, and Children’s Activities.

  • Listen & Learn Speaker Series (Wednesdays, 11am, St. Cyprian’s Church)
  • Roots Music Film Series (Thursdays, 5:30pm, Ida J. Hilton Library)
  • Children’s Workshops (Saturdays, 10am-12pm)
  • Music Performances (Saturdays, 5:30pm)

For questions or additional information about this unique traveling Smithsonian exhibit, call 912-399-2466.


“Tides of Fear” by Anne B. Jones

Set on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Book signing January 10, 2012

12:00 to 2:00

G J Ford Bookshop in Shops of Sea Island

Which is the more dangerous predator? A shark? Or a man? St. Simons Island becomes the scene of panic as bodies are washed ashore. First blaming the deaths on sharks, police soon realize the predator is human. A killer stalks tourists, luring and drowning his victims as easily as he eludes discovery. Tides of Fear, set on the shark-infested Georgia Coast, includes the hunt for a serial murderer with water as the crime scene. Tides of Fear author, Anne B. Jones, has been compared to Thomas Harris and Jeffrey Deaver ‘without the slice and dice.’ The book includes a gripping plot, well-developed characters, and insights into profiling and other forensic subjects. Tides of Fear is unusual because of its use of water as a crime scene with underwater crime scene analysis. The book is based on the author’s doctoral research related to violence. Author Bob Mayer calls it “Jaws with a serial killer.”

by Guerry Norwood

As part of the College of Coastal Georgia’s Founder’s Day Weekend marking the 50th anniversary of the College’s inception, CCG welcomes multi-talented musician Randall Bramblett.

Bramblett will be performing with his band this Friday night, October 21st at 7pm at the St. Simons Island Lighthouse. Bramblett, who is from originally from Jesup, Georgia but now resides in Athens, plays piano, guitar, saxophone, harmonica, mandolin and several other instruments. While Bramblett may not be a household name, he is legendary within music circles for his songwriting and musicianship. He released a pair of acclaimed solo albums in the mid-‘70s, then joined the jazz-rock outfit Sea Level, becoming their principal songwriter and vocalist. From there, Bramblett embarked on a path as a big-league, musical utility man (primarily sax and keys) and landed on the speed dial of some of the greatest names in rock history, including Traffic, Steve Winwood, Levon Helm, Chuck Leavell and Bonnie Raitt.

Admission to the show is $10 at the gate. Members of the college alumni association, students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with valid identification.

May 12 – 14, 2011: King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Phillip Margolin, New York Times best-selling author teaches: “How to Write a Novel in Your Spare Time.”  Phil will show you how to go from your idea, to actually beginning your book, and how to work it out all the way through to the end.

June Hall McCash – Writing Historical Fiction
Victor DiGenti – Revving Up Your Narrative Drive
Dr. Anya Silver – Writing Poetry: The Enchanted Craft
Denise Tompkins – Effective Query Letter Writing
Ricki Schultz – Online Presence-Building, Made Easy
Jane Wood – Schools, A Niche Market
Pat Bertram – Creating Incredible, but Credible, Characters
Chuck Barrett – Who’s Point of View is It Anyway? How Not to Confuse Your Reader”

Conference includes:  “Opening Ceremonies Banquet” and “Evening with the Author” cocktail reception and live music.

Submitted by Alice Barlow

The final in The Coastal Symphony of Georgia 2010-2011 season series, The Beat Goes On – Latin America, will leave your toes tapping!

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm at the Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium

Music will include works by Moncayo, Lalo, Chavera, Gershwin and Gould.

Submitted by Alice Barlow.

On April 8, 2011, the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association presents a dynamic tribute show about the life and songs of the country music great.  8pm at the historic Ritz Theatre.  For ticket information, visit or call 912-262-6934.

Submitted by Alice Barlow.

March 11: American Boychoir School: 7:30 pm at the St. Simons Presbyterian Church. Admission is free.   Hosted by Island Concert Association

Submitted by Alice Barlow.

The Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association presents an inspiring, funny and moving live theater piece featuring local actresses in 10 stories about unusual, challenged, but ultimately empowered women.   March 10-12 and 18-20 at 8pm and March 13 & 21 at 3pm at the historic Ritz Theatre.  For ticket information, visit or call 912-262-6934.